Reimagined Components: We saved this sterling silver turquoise orphan earring from a silver melt pile and paired it with this beautiful piece of repurposed white leather and a 1935 buffalo nickel. It's strung on a 22" 3mm gunmetal plated rounded box chain.
Components Found in: Manhattan Beach CA, Phoenix AZ
For thousands of years, turquoise has been prized as a symbol of wisdom, nobility, and immortality. In many Native American cultures, it represents the Great Spirit in the Sky and is often referred to as the Sky Stone. It’s believed that if a crack forms in the stone, it has taken an injury for its wearer.
~Buffalo Nickel: 1913 to 1938~
Sculptor James Earle Fraser was commissioned to beautify the US nickel. The result was a stunning depiction of an American bison, a symbol of strength, courage, prosperity, challenge, and survival. The obverse side depicts the profile of a South Western Native American Cheif. It is believed that three different American Indians sat for Fraser while creating his designs. Two were named by Fraser before his death, Chief Iron Tail of the Lakota Sioux and Chief Two Moons of the Cheyenne. He could not recall the name of the third person...
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